Last call for breakfast

Posted on: November 1st, 2017

Mountain MidLife Friends:

Last call for breakfast this week – sign up today! Our Mountain MidLife Breakfast is a week earlier than usual on Saturday, November 4, and is the last one this year (we have no brunch in December). Please sign up no later than this Thursday, 5pm, by replying here, at Meetup, or at 303-258-0799.

Please volunteer NOW and eat for free at our fun and easy opportunity to raise funds, thanks to the kind owners at Very Nice Brewery in Nederland. Please see the event listing below for the Chili Cook-Off on Sunday, November 5, for details about volunteering to be a tasting judge or server at the event!

Our next Mountain MidLife Dinner is also a week earlier than usual to avoid the holidays. Join us as we learn about Cybersecurity from our Boulder Deputy District Attorney Tim Johnson and enjoy a great meal together on Friday, November 17. We shop on Thursday, so your reservations by Wednesday evening help ensure we have enough food for everyone! Please mark your calendars and don’t wait for us to remind you…

REMINDER: We receive a small amount of donations quarterly from the charitable arm at Amazon, thanks to those who shop there via the site It costs you nothing to use this link to get to your shopping site and when you name our host nonprofit Nederland Area Seniors as your charity of choice, we receive a tiny percentage of your total purchase amount, just as a gift from the big giant to our little nonprofit at no cost to you! When you can’t buy local, this is a great way to support the little local nonprofit that supports your community!

See listings of our many great upcoming events below – more are added each week… If you are not receiving our monthly NAS Newsletter and would like to receive it so you can see birthday listings and articles from our Mountain Options Counselor of our local Area Agency on Aging, please reply to this email and let us know whether we should email a PDF or send via US Mail.

Invite a friend to a meal (lunches every Monday and Wednesday or monthly dinners or breakfasts) and offer to pick them up and drop them home afterwards. With a “requested contribution” of $5 (over age 60), we offer a fun and affordable get-together with friends. We need and appreciate your anonymous meal contributions, but please ensure people know that we do not turn away anyone over age 60 who cannot pay.

All ages of adults are welcome at all events, attended mostly by folks over age 50.

Sign up for all Mountain MidLife events at 303-258-0799 or or by replying to this email.

Luncheon Program – Intuition & Self Defense

Intuitive Safety & Self Defense: Mountain MidLife friend Rodger Ruge, former law officer, addresses using our intuition to remain safe and shares some simple self-defense techniques for any situation — Wednesday, Nov 1. Serving vegetable pizza made with Crosscut Pizza’s dough, salad, and fresh pineapple coconut milk sorbet. Call NOW to join us – 303-258-0799. If choosing not lunching with us, please feel free to join us at 12:30 for the presentation only…

CU Volleyball Game

We will get together for the CU Women’s Volleyball Game vs. Washington State at CU’s Coors Events Center in Boulder on Wednesday, November 1, at 7:00pm. The cost is $9.50 (after the $1.50 CU fee). These are reserved seats with chair backs, closer to the action, and are located near mid-court. (General Admission seats are also available for $5 plus fee.) Al Meyer tells us they sell dollar hot dogs at the event, too. Trip Co-Leaders for this outing are Jim Elder and Al Meyer – thank you!

Carpools depart Nederland Community Center at 6:00pm – and we will meet you there only if we know in advance you will be there looking for us. All will park in the Regent Auto Park, free, north of the event center. Sign up at Meetup, email a reply here, or call 303-258-0799 and pay for tickets by Monday, October 30, Noon, either in person at the NAS office in the Nederland Community Center (slide under door is fine) or by mail a few days earlier. Make checks payable to NAS, P O Box 188, Nederland CO 80466.

Featured Event! Social Saturday Breakfast & Hike

Come join us for breakfast and optional hike following it at the Nederland Community Center on Saturday, November 4. Doors open at 8:30am, with the meal served at 9:00am. Our buffet includes: Scrambled Eggs, Sausage, Mixed Vegetables, Breakfast Potatoes, Fruit. All ages of adults are welcome. Cost is only $8 under age 60 and $5 requested contribution from those over age 60. Please RSVP to 303-258-0799 or at An optional hike follows at 10:15am.

“Spare Parts” Film Fundraiser

The Nederland Middle/Senior High School robotics team is showing “Spare Parts” (PG-13 for Drama), a 2013 film starring George Lopez and Jamie Lee Curtis. George Lopez leads a winning cast in this inspiring movie based on an amazing true story. When four wildly different Hispanic high schoolers team up to enter a robotics competition against the nation’s top universities, no one believes they have a chance—no one but Fredi (Lopez), their new substitute teacher. As Fredi challenges his students to be the best they can be, they show him the power of never giving up, in this unforgettable tale that shines with heart, humor, and hope.

Saturday November 4, 11:30am, at the Back Door Theater – $5 donation, at the door, to benefit our school robotics team’s build, competition and scholarship fund.

“SEED: The Untold Story” Film & Panel Discussion

This documentary film and discussion on Saturday, November 4, 3:00pm, are offered FREE at the Nederland Community Center. The film will be shown at the Backdoor Theatre and the discussion will follow upstairs in the Multi-Purpose Room (where we dine) – hosted by Nederland Community Library.

The film has won 13 top film awards. The Village Voice calls it a “Rare documentary…a wonder.” The L.A. Times says it’s a “Gorgeously made film.” NYC Movie Guru advises it’s the “most essential, illuminating and enraging film since Food, Inc.” Few things on earth are as miraculous and vital as seeds. Treasured since the dawn of humans, in the last century 94% of our seed varieties have disappeared. “SEED: The Untold Story” follows farmers, scientists, lawyers, gardeners, and indigenous seed keepers as they defend the future of our food, our most treasured resource, and revive a culture connected to seeds.

The executive director of Seeds Trust, a local high altitude seed company, other Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance-affiliated folks and seed savers who live locally will be on hand for the conversation afterwards. Please come, share, and be a part of the new mountain seed movement!

Featured Event! Chili Cook-Off Benefit for NAS

We are the chosen ones! The Very Nice Brewing Company has selected our nonprofit sponsor Nederland Area Seniors as the beneficiary of the proceeds from the Chili Cook-Off competition on Sunday, November 5.

We need your help to provide the volunteers who judge the chilis (3:00pm-3:15pm) and to serve all competing chilis to the donating public attendees (3:15pm – 5:00pm), who pay $5 per person for three sample cups. We need to plan now who will be judging and who will be serving, so if you’d like to help with this fun event, please sign up now to volunteer by calling 303-258-0799 or emailing us with a reply here or at Please indicate whether you would like to be one of the few judges (MUST like spicy foods!). If selected as a judge, we ask that you also stay to help serve the chili.

Open-Caption Films at Monday Matinees

Our friendly Backdoor Theatre crew at the Nederland Community Center has added a special matinee showing every Monday at 1:30pm of the prior weekend’s film. It includes “open captioning”, which shows the words at the bottom of the screen. This is most helpful to those of us who stopped attending movies because we have trouble understanding what the actors are saying. Enjoy this new, enhanced feature and show your support to the BDT so they can continue to offer this new service!

The next matinee is Monday, November 6, (showing “Goodbye Christopher Robin”) and continuing with the weekend’s films each Monday (but we won’t list it here each time). Sign up for the BDT email list for weekly updates. “Goodbye Christopher Robin” offers a rare glimpse into the relationship between beloved children’s author A. A. Milne and his son Christopher Robin, whose toys inspired the magical world of Winnie the Pooh. Along with his mother Daphne, and his nanny Olive (Kelly Macdonald), Christopher Robin and his family are swept up in the international success of the books; the enchanting tales bringing hope and comfort to England after the First World War. But with the eyes of the world on Christopher Robin, what will the cost be to the family? Genre: Biography, Family, History, Drama; Director: Simon Curtis; Written By: Simon Vaughan, Frank Cottrell Boyce; Stars: Domhnall Gleeson, Margot Robbie, Kelly Macdonald, Will Tilston (age 8), Alex Lawther (age 18), Vicki Pepperdine, Geraldine Somerville; Rated: PG; Runtime: 1 h 47 min

Open Enrollment Insurance Help

For our MidLifer Friends under age 65 not yet eligible for Medicare and needing to sign up for health insurance, open enrollment begins November 1. Assistance in navigating the Connect for Health Colorado financially assisted Marketplace is available free at the Nederland Community Center from 9am to 3pm on the following dates: November 7, November 28, December 12, and January 9. No need for an appointment – just drop by. To obtain a list of materials to bring if applying for financial assistance (tax credits) or for more general information:,, or 303-441-1000.

Book Group

The Book Group will meet at a private home on Thursday, November 9, 6:30pm, and the format is pot luck. Call us at 303-258-0799 for more info. The book for November is Love Wins by Debbie Cinziper and Jim Obergefell.

9 Health Fair & Human Services Fair

The Nederland Community Center hosts the annual 9 Health Fair and the annual Human Services Fair at the same time on Saturday, November 11, from 9am until Noon. Blood labs are very affordable there and multiple free screenings help us stay healthy. [If you know someone who needs basic blood labs and can’t afford them, please contact event coordinator Mary Coan at 303-258-0799 regarding a handful of vouchers available.]

Volunteer Opportunities! We would love to have someone volunteer to man our table at the Human Services Fair who knows even a little about our many programs (lunches, breakfasts, dinners, fitness, writing, etc…) that can answer any questions, sign interested folks up for our newsletter or emails, and refer those in need to our AAA Options Counselor Colleen Sinclair – a very easy, sociable event.

OR Sign up to help at a station of the 9 Health Fair. Please call us to volunteer for either position – 303-258-0799.

Community Thanksgiving Potluck

The entire Peak to Peak region converges on Sunday, November 12, to enjoy a feast together at the Nederland Community Center, Noon–3pm. Bring your own reusable plate/mug/cutlery (no plastic disposables) and a side dish to share – or volunteer to set up or serve or cook one of the turkeys in advance by calling Jennifer Pund 720-443-8606 or email her at To help decorate our NAS table, call 303-258-0799. To help decorate our NAS table, call 303-258-0799.

Luncheon Program – Conversation Café

Conversation Café: This monthly circle meets 12:45pm-2:00pm to share wisdom and experience on a

variety of topics—a great opportunity to get to know each other in new ways – Monday, November 13, see menu listed at bottom of email. Call by Friday, 10/6, (303-258-0799) to join us for lunch at Noon – be there by 12:45 for only the Conversation Café (no reservation required).

Thanksgiving Harvest Feast – Gift to Youth

Our local students are learning how to interview older adults for historical perspectives. Help them bridge the generation gap by meeting with sixth-graders for a half hour on Friday, November 17, 10:10am, at Nederland Middle/Senior Highs School to participate in Story Corps (, then join all the middle school students for the Harvest Feast (a potluck provided by their parents) at 10:30am for appetizers, 10:45am meal. High School Seniors remember the Harvest Feast as a highlight of their student experiences. Let’s all show up so they know how much we care! Email or call the school at 720-561-4900 to make a reservation for this free event.

Featured Event! Mountain MidLife Dinner & Cybersecurity

Please note that for the final three months of the year, the Mountain MidLife Dinner occurs on the third Friday instead of the fourth, due to holidays.

Learn ways to prevent being victim to a cyberscam. Boulder County Deputy District Attorney Tim Johnson, prosecutor of cybercrimes and stalking, teaches us cybersecurity tips after our Mountain MidLife Dinner on

Friday, November 17, 5:00pm doors open for social, 5:30pm meal served. Menu listed at bottom of email.

Please reserve as far in advance as possible at, by replying to this email, or by phone at 303-258-0799. If you have special dietary needs not already registered with us, please inform us several days in advance. $10 Adults under age 60 or $5 requested contribution over age 60. We shop on Thursday, so your reservations by the Wednesday afternoon prior help ensure we have enough food for everyone!

Swing Dance to Live Big Band Music

Swing Dance to a live dance band at the Avalon Ballroom at 63rd and Arapahoe in Boulder on Saturday, November 18. Dance lesson 7pm-8pm included with the price of admission. Dancing 8-11pm. DJ dance music during intermissions. Light snacks provided. All ages welcome. No partner or dance experience required. Please wear non-marking shoes. Dress to express yourself. Casual is fine. Admission: $15 per person general; $10 students; $5 children accompanied by adult; volunteers free. Cash or check.


Nutcracker Ballet

We have eight free tickets to the Dress Rehearsal of Boulder Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker at Macky Auditorium on the CU Boulder campus Wednesday, November 22, 7:00pm (arrive by 6:30pm). All mountain seniors are welcome to request these tickets; priority is given to those who cannot afford to purchase tickets to the show that follows that weekend. Call 303-258-0799.

Foot Care

Local Registered Nurse Debbie Neal serves mountain older adults with toenail and skin care, review of foot concerns – Wednesday, November 29. By appointment, downtown Nederland, $30, sign up at 303-258-0799.

Auction Items

Our annual Silent Auction at the Holiday Mountain Market December 2 & 3 is our largest fundraiser of the year. We appreciate everyone’s support as shoppers and buyers at the event to help turn all the lovely donations into funds for us. We also appreciate your donations of gift certificates, services, and new/like new items you think people will buy as holiday gifts. Ask everywhere you shop or obtain services—your hairdresser, doctor, nail polisher, shoe repair, etc. Our newest staff member Gunda Starkey is out soliciting as you read this—thank you! If you would like to donate a massage, a vacation at your timeshare condo, a ride, a lesson, your home cooking/baking, your new Porsche, or whatever seems suitable, we will be most grateful. Call 303-258-0799.

Holiday Mountain Market

Our volunteer musicians/performers have signed up for every hour of the market on Saturday & Sunday, December 2 & 3. Artisans and crafters applied for more 10X10 booths than we can provide. To ensure longevity of this event, we need volunteers to shadow Serene’s work now. We are not asking our volunteers to take full responsibility for anything, just learn how the planning works. Thank you, Annemarie Fruth, for volunteering to manage our Santa area, to our new Santa Al Meyer, to Jim Elder for managing the Café kitchen, and to Margaret Freeman for media assistance.

Volunteering can be more than just two hours at the event. Please contact us right away to join our volunteer production team to learn about: Vendor Coordinator, Market Layout, Entertainment Manager, Promotion/Publicity, Santa Photos, Silent Auction Manager or Solicitations or Data Management or Display. Many hands make light work and your contribution to the success of this big event is both essential and much appreciated.

Easy Ways to Contribute

We always recommend shopping locally, but also recognize that many of us shop online for items we cannot find in our local stores. Our families post their wish lists and we enjoy giving what we know they will like. This holiday season, and throughout the year, please consider us while shopping online at Amazon by using their and select Nederland Area Seniors as the charitable organization that will receive a donation from them valued at 1/2% of your purchase. It’s that easy. Just start with a “smile.”

For our donors and members who prefer to use credit cards, please mark your calendar for Colorado Gives Day on Tuesday, December 5. Donors may set up their contributions any time beginning November 1 at and set them to launch on 12/5, when a bonus helps us cover the 2% fees. If you prefer to use checks, please mail to us at NAS, PO Box 188, Nederland CO 80466. Thank you for supporting NAS!

Even easier—ask your favorite businesses to donate to our Silent Auction (see article above).

Or if cash contributions are impossible on your budget, please volunteer time to help at our events – see articles above for opportunities on November 5, 11, December 1-3, or a couple hours a month on our board. 303-258-0799.


November Menu

Please RSVP two days ahead for lunches, four days ahead for breakfasts and dinners to 303-258-0799.

W 1 Roasted Vegetable Pizza, Mixed Greens Salad, Pineapple

Sa 4 Egg, Sausage, Mixed Vegetables, Potatoes, Yogurt, Granola, Banana

M 6 BBQ Beef on WW Bun, Oven Fries, Mixed Greens Salad, Apple

W 8 Breaded Fish, Green Beans, Potato / WW Roll, Orange

M 13 Pasta Primavera w Chicken, Garlic Bread, Mixed Greens Salad, Pear

W 15 Roast Pork Loin, Broccoli / Carrot, Sweet Potatoes / WW Roll, Mixed Berries

Fr 17 Herbed Fish, Kale/Chard, Quinoa, Peach Cobbler

M 20 Vegetarian Lasagna, WW Roll, Caesar Salad, Apple

W 22 Meatloaf, Roasted Potatoes, Mixed Greens Salad, Strawberries

M 27 Baked Fish, Vegetable Quinoa Pilaf, WW Roll, Orange

W 29 Chicken Enchilada, Spanish Rice, Greens Salad, Pear

​We look forward to seeing you at an event soon!


Serene Karplus